Child soap stars: from Dotty Cotton to Bradley Branning – where are they now?

Half of them look completely different...

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by A Jakes |

We've had a look back at the child soap stars who grew up on our screens to see exactly what happened when the TV bubble burst.

We're not going to lie finding out where our favourite childhood soap stars have got to has made us feel really, really OLD. Remember when 'ickle Tom Cunningham was the most unfortunate four year old in Hollyoaks village? Well now the soap star is all grown-up, partying in Ibiza and turning our hair grey.

No really, someone put on the Antiques Roadshow and give us something to knit, please.

So, where are your favourite child actors from EastEnders, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale now? What did they get up to after spending their precious younger years in a mythical soap town? Sit back, relax and grab a Hobnob as we have found out all...

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Child Soap Stars - Where Are They Now?

Molly Conlin
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Molly played Nasty Nick's daughter Dotty Cotton in EastEnders between 2008-10 and caused endless mischief with Tiffany Butcher. But where is she now...

molly Conlin
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CREDIT: Twitter/ Molly Conlin

... 19-year-old Molly has since gone to college after deciding to concentrate on her studies. After leaving the soap, the actress starred in Annabel's Kitchen, Horrible Histories and Blandings as well as adverts for Ragu Pasta Sauce and Bold 2 In 1. She can now be seen posting glam photos on Instagram.

Helen Flanagan (Rosie Webster)
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Corrie's bad girl had some meaty storylines including being kidnapped (twice!) and dealing with her mother's breast cancer diagnosis. Helen left the soap in 2011, but what has she been up to since?

Helen Flanagan
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CREDIT: Instagram/ Helen Flanagan

Nine years since leaving the soap, the actress has appeared in I'm a Celeb, Celebrity Super Spa, Celebrity Wedding Planner and Holby City. She now has two daughters with her fiancé Scott Sinclair. So adorbs.

Melissa Suffield
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Before Hetti Bywater, The Square's tearaway Lucy Beale was played by Melissa Suffield. But where is Mel now...

Melissa Suffield
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CREDIT: Instagram/ Melissa Suffield

...since leaving Walford, Melissa has evolved as an actress and has since starred in Casualty and played the role of Norma Jean in a musical about Marilyn Monroe. She's also engaged to long-term partner Robert Brendan and they've welcomed their daughter River into the world.

Tom Cunningham
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Ellis Hollins has played Hollyoak's Tom Cunningham since he was just three years old and his storylines have gripped us all, from dealing with his mother's shock death to dealings with Sienna Blake... But where is Tom now?

Tom Cunningham
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Seventeen ears later, Ellis is still in Hollyoaks (as lovable as ever) and was even spotted in Ibiza partying. Oh and he's won eight soap awards.

Sam Aston
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Sam Aston played the adorable Corrie's Chesney Brown since 2003. Speaking about life growing up on a popular soap, he said "At 16, all my mates were getting fake IDs and going to pubs I always knew I couldn't do that." But where is Sam Aston now?

Sam Thompson
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Sam is engaged to his girlfriend Briony Gardner. The star had previously said 'I do think I'm romantic. I like to treat my girlfriend, buy her flowers and make a fuss of her.' They're also due to welcome their first child into the world later this year.

Eden Taylor Draper
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Eden Taylor-Draper has played Belle Dingle since 2005, when she fell down a mineshaft on Christmas day. Speaking about being a child actor she said at the time, "there is no time to go off the rails like Belle, I go home and learn my lines and I am in bed by 9pm!" Where is Eden now?

Belle Dingle
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Eden is still in Emmerdale and recently was involved in a storyline where she's had an affair with married man Jamie Tate. Uh oh.

Ben Mitchell
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CREDIT: BBC

'Enders troublemaker Ben Mitchell has been played by a handful of actors, but we'll never forget the sweet Charlie Jones who was tormented by the evil Stella. Where is Charlie now?

Charlie Jones
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CREDIT: BBC

Charlie is now studying acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts – he looks COMPLETELY different to his Walford days.

Charlie Clements
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Albert Square's favourite ginge (apart from his onscreen dad Max, obv) Bradley, was a knitted jumper-wearing sweetheart and made us want to pinch his cheeks through the television between 2006 - 2010. We are still getting over his tragic fall, where he saw his grizzly end. Where is Charlie now?

Bradley Branning
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CREDIT: Twitter/ Charlie Clements

We hardly recognise Charlie Clements with a beard! The actor uploaded the snap to Twitter with the caption. "A year ago everyone was up in arms because I looked SO different at 28 to 18.. bet they didn't expect this at 29! #actor 'chameleon'", He has since starred as Charlie Brackenreid in Murdoch Mysteries.

Sonny Flood
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Of course you remember Hollyoak's rather swishy-haired Josh Ashworth. His character was best known for dating Amy Barnes and an array of outlandish storylines including attempted murder, underage sex, drugs, drinking and joy riding. Where is Sonny now?

Sonny Flood
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CREDIT: Instagram/ Sonny Flood

Sonny has since completed a law degree at the University of Manchester, working as a paralegal. Miles away from underage drinking a pint at The Dog, eh.

EastEnders
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CREDIT: BBC

When Maisie first joined the cast of EastEnders back in 2008, she was only seven-years-old but she'd already had a small part in Hollywood film The Other Boleyn Girl. After leaving the soap in 2014 to pursue a music career, the 12 year old took to posting her singing videos online.

EastEnders
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Despite releasing a single in 2016, Walford is where Maisie's heart is at, and she returned to the soap full-time in 2017. She's now a TikTok star and we're obsessed with all her videos.

Corrie
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Little Bethany Platt had a traumatic life during her short years on the soap initially before her exit in 2007. But did you know she was actually played by twins, Amy and Emily Walton?

Corrie
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Amy and Emily, now 17, haven't really explored the world of acting more since they left the show, and are now concentrating on studying.

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EastEnders fans were pretty shocked when it came to light that Dotty Cotton would be returning to the Square but not as we know her.

BBC bosses announced that Milly Zero, who is known for her roles on CBBC shows, would be taking on the role instead.

At the time Millie said, "I am honestly so excited to be playing Dotty Cotton and joining the E20 family. Especially playing alongside June Brown, who I have been watching on my telly since I was a young girl.

"Her and Dotty have such an interesting relationship to explore with a complicated history, so I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them. It all feels very surreal and I am buzzing already!"

Since returning to Walford, Dotty has been up to all sorts of mischief; she's been snogging Peter Beale, blackmailing his dad Ian Beale after she discovered he's the reason Dennis Mitchell died on the boat party and she finally told Sharon Mitchell the truth.

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